Tisha B’Av is known as the saddest day in Jewish history. It’s devastating events led to the destruction of the Holy Temple, ending Jewish sovereignty for the next 2000 years. But if we delve in deeper, the aftermath of the temple’s destruction gives us a hint for what Israel today is aspiring to achieve. With a history facing terrible obstacles, the new Jewish nation became a global leader in innovation and ingenuity. Against all odds, Israel pushed through boundaries by creating a hub of positive influences to ensure a better future in a safe world.
In a nutshell, when the first temple was built, Jews who took part in building it were on a high moral and spiritual standing. But at some point, human nature kicked in, corrupting that moral high-ground through violence, and promiscuity. The fall of moral values and spiritual decline resulted in the eventual destruction of the Holy Temple and the expulsion of Jewish society. As we fast forward 2000 years, the renewed Jewish nation continuously earns its moral merit through dedication to protect and battle against violence across the board. Israeli innovations are prominent within cybersecurity and counterterrorism systems in both private and governmental sects. Israel is also a leader in the reduction and prevention of human trafficking through various advocacies, training programs, and global NGO cooperation. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
Backtracking to the second temple period, the leadership of the time idealized the notion of reuniting the Jewish community. Through community, they were able to reconstruct the second Holy Temple and resume their spiritual relationship with G-d. Unfortunately, the communal reunion fell apart as baseless hatred and apathy contaminated the subjects of the community. The emerging animosity caused a deep divide which resulted in the longest and most terrible expulsion Jews ever had to experience.
When Israel came about, led by the Jewish value of “Tikkun Olam” (i.e. “Repairing the World”), Israeli leaders initiated acts of kindness for communities experiencing civil unrest and natural disasters. IsrAid and iAID are prominent examples of Israeli first responders that provide humanitarian aid for areas struck by natural calamities and man-made crises. Israel also acknowledges the scarcity of the world’s natural resources and thus perpetuates eco-friendly innovations in agriculture, energy preservation, and water and air purifications.
Despite 2000 years of turmoil in exile, we emerged from the ashes and marked 70 years to the establishment of modern day Israel. Israel’s success is rooted in the long, dark history of Jewish suffrage, which produced a nation of ingenuity and unprecedented innovations. Based on the foundation of freedom and Tikkun Olam, Israel’s influence reaches global communities to make the world a better place. And based on its benevolent values, we hope to merit and build the next everlasting Holy Temple in Jerusalem.